Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance
Hey Guys! Here is my review for Magonia! Thank you Harper Collins for sending this to me! Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, is a unique and beautifully written book. It is filled with high-fantasy but still displays a slight realistic truth. It is about a 16 year-old girl named, Aza, who lives with a chronic lung disease. One day she and her best friend and soon to be boyfriend, Jason are watching a documentary when she is suddenly hit with a hallucination, then falls unconscious and “dies”. Aza then awakes to find herself transported into a whole new world. If you are looking for a high-fantasy novel with a dash of romance, this one is for you.
*DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD*
First of all, this book was extremely well written. I’ve never read a writing style like Maria’s. It was magical, descriptive yet mysterious. The world of Magonia was built very well and it was not rushed, which was nice to see. However, at times, there was a lot to take in, which was slightly confusing. Aza Ray’s character was developed very well and it was easy to visualise the character she was. It was nice to see her thoughts as they seemed in depth and genuine. Her character was very unique and it wasn’t a story where she was a damsel in distress. The only thing that annoyed me was when she was getting really close to Dai because I shipped Jason and Aza really hard. It seemed like they were getting extremely close. She was a really strong character and this can be shone when she tries to stop the war against Magonia and the earth.
Jason was a really cute character. I loved him and his nerdiness made him even cuter. I loved how the whole time he was repeating pi because that reminded him of Aza. I hated how Aza slightly tried to push him away because I shipped them. I loved reading from his point of view because he had so much hope that Aza was alive but Maria’s writing showed Jason’s hope in a non-psychotic way more like a child wishing for a star kind of way.
The world of Magonia seemed extremely bizarre to me. At first, we were in the normal world and then out of the blue, we are thrown into a world filled with ships, birds, songs and feathers. It was really extraordinary. The whole world was completely different, which kind of over whelmed me.
The storyline at times were really compelling but there were times where there wasn’t much action. The war between earth and Magonia was really intense and I couldn’t stop reading. The prologue really catches the reader’s attention as it was one of most well-written pieces in the book. I loved how the epilogue ended with “I breathe in. I breathe out.” just as the prologue did. The writing was beautiful which made me want to continue the story. Overall, it was really good high-fantasy book and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book with action, adventure and romance. I hope there will be a second book!
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley comes out on April 28th! Pre-order it in your local bookstore!